ilikenwf writes: A new release from the files obtained by Edward Snowden have revealed that the NSA collects millions of text messages per day. These are used to gain travel plans, financial data, and social network data. The majority of these texts and data belong to people who are not being investigated for any crime or association. Supposedly, "non-US" data is removed, but we all know that means it is sent to a partner country for analysis, which is then sent back to the NSA.
ilikenwf writes: The Nightingale developers have announced version 1.12.1 of the media player, forked from the now defunct Songbird (RIP). Improvements include a new localization infrastructure, enhanced stability, battery drain fixes for OS X, Unity integration fixes, libnotify integration, new first run pages, and more (Release Notes). If you already use Nightingale, the automatic update feature should have notified you of the release. If not, get the new version here.
ilikenwf writes: While any given phone can be running a number of OSes, many if not all of them have RTOS firmware made by one of two manufacturers. The RTOS in both Qualcomm and Infinieon chips have been found to implicitly trust all commands they receive over the air. There are numerous potential exploits, including remote code execution with a 73 byte message. Considering law enforcement and hackers alike can spoof cell towers, there is a potential disaster.
ilikenwf writes: For a cool $10,000,000.00, the prototype of a surveillance rock full of spy gadgets could be yours! More importantly, server backups from the gentleman's time at Lockheed are included, being the real valuable in this auction, as it contains schematics and such. The seller seems to think that the current xBee radio products are actually based on his work with Lockeed. The proceeds will go towards legal action the seller is apparently taking against his former employer.
ilikenwf writes: Pioneers of the Inevitable has announced on their blog that they will be folding on June 28. Started in 2007, the company went on to create the Songbird Desktop and mobile players, as well as the Songbird.me Facebook app. Their legacy lives on in Nightingale, an open source fork of the Songbird Desktop player that runs on Linux, Windows and Mac. No word yet on whether or not their currently closed source code will be opened up or not, but their contributions to the world of open source software are appreciated, and won't be forgotten.
ilikenwf writes: Nightingale, the multi-platform open source media player (fork of Songbird, who closed it's SVN to the public) has released version 1.12. Sporting bug fixes, code improvements, new features, and generally better speed and stability, this is the best version to date. Features include a plethora of new and updated add-ons, a fully vanilla XULRunner backend, better usage of system libraries on Linux, and the much desired ability to integrate with Unity and Gnome (PPA and binary packages here).
ilikenwf writes: Whether you agree with his rationale for doing so or not, Adrian Lamo has come forward to discuss his reasoning for exposing Bradley Manning. Manning, now in federal custody, leaked thousands of US intelligence files and documents. Lamo's side of the story shows that he was concerned for Manning's mental health and stability, and for the lives Manning was risking by releasing classified material — Afghan informants, for instance. Either way, this goes to show that if you're going to release stolen/hacked documents, it's best you do it anonymously and don't brag about it.
ilikenwf writes: "Nightingale is a fork of the Mozilla-based Songbird media player. You may recall the preview release of the Nightingale Media Player back in December. Since then, the project has become version concurrent with Songbird's code, fixed many bugs, and added Macintosh support. This new version is marked with speed and efficiency improvements, and has the newly added features of play queueing, automatic update support, and a refreshed look. The project is still seeking users and fans, as well as people willing to contribute code, bug reports, and documentation. Nightingale's cross platform nature and it's consistency between these platforms makes it an attractive choice for users desiring consistency and familiarity in their media player between all members of the desktop OS trifecta."
ilikenwf writes: "You may or may not remember the Mozilla-based Songbird media player, which dropped official Linux support in April, 2010. Since then, the Nightingale community fork has waxed and waned in terms of membership and progress, but thanks to having a completely new dev team has today produced a preview build based on Songbird 1.8.1. The team promises a release of a Songbird trunk based build later this year, with fixes and an upgrade to Gecko 6. Plans to support Linux, Windows, and Mac are in the works, with the preview builds being available only for Linux and Windows at the moment. Aside from trying to pull in refugees from the Songbird community, Nightingale wants more developers to aid in fixing dropped and broken features from Songbird — and to add new ones."
ilikenwf writes: A student and his family have sued his highschool after he was repremanded for “improper behavior in his home,” using a photo taken from the camera as evidence. Surprisingly, this didn't happen in a more police state nation like England or Austrailia — nay, it happened in Philadelphia, PA. While this may appear to be a cut and dry 1st Amendment (and possible pedophilia) violation, the school is actually backing the actions of the principal.
ilikenwf writes: SPSS is an extremely expensive piece of software. After showing it to a professor and proving that it does all of the necessary statistical functions, I have been able to convince my school to use at least one piece of opensource software over a closed source version that they are currently paying thousands of dollars for. PSPP is fully functional and a GNU project, and I for one am satisfied. It does all of the functions I need to get through my assignments. A demo video is included.